Saturday 21 October 2017

Dáil envelopes used to promote Healy-Rae's daughter

Maura Healy-Rae campaigning with her father Danny in Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Maura Healy-Rae campaigning with her father Danny in Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Dáil facilities were used to promote the council work being carried out by the daughter of newly elected TD Danny Healy-Rae.

Letters were sent to constituents in Oireachtas envelopes last week detailing how Mr Healy-Rae's daughter Maura supported a number of applications for funding through a community support scheme.

Ms Healy-Rae (25) was co-opted onto Kerry County Council in March to fill the seat vacated as a result of her father's election to the Dáil. Her brother Johnny also serves as a councillor, while her uncle Michael sits alongside Danny in the Dáil.

But the use of Dáil facilities to solely promote her council work is against the laws laid down by the Oireachtas authorities.

"I was glad to be able to support your application as I feel it was a worthy cause and I hope this will be of some benefit you," Ms Healy-Rae wrote in the letter.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Ms Healy-Rae said she was unaware the letters were sent using Oireachtas envelopes.

New TD Danny Healy-Rae Picture: Tom Burke
New TD Danny Healy-Rae Picture: Tom Burke

She said her father worked closely with her on all local projects and applications such as the ones in question.

"This looks to be an oversight," she added.

Mr Healy-Rae said that he normally adopted the practice of including 'complimentary slips' in his own name when letters are sent out in the name of his daughter.

He said he did not know on this occasion whether the complimentary slip was included.

"That's what I would have done, even with my late father," he added.

Irish Independent

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